The Quantile Framework® for Mathematics & West Virginia

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The Quantile Framework® for Mathematics & West Virginia
A Practical Approach: Linking Assessment to Instruction Presented by: Jason Turner, Manager, Professional Services

Today’s Session What is the Quantile Framework and
why do I need to know about it?

Today’s Session Where can Quantile measures be found?

Today’s Session What can be done with the Quantile Framework?

Today’s Session How will the Quantile Framework help students?

Today’s Session How can Quantiles be used in the schools
and in the classroom?

The Quantile Framework for Mathematics: Question #1
What is the Quantile Framework for Mathematics? Why do I need to know about it?

Common Misconceptions The Quantile Framework is NOT:
An indicator of mastery of specific skills. A list of mathematical skills. A curriculum for mathematics. A mathematics program. A grade equivalent. 8

The Quantile Framework…
…is like a “yardstick” ---it’s the way to measure the development of: Students’ mathematical knowledge and Difficulty of math skills and topics

The Quantile Framework
Developmental scale that locates mathematics skills and concepts within a taxonomy. Mathematical Skill/Topic/Concept Quantile Measure (Q) Characterizes the problem-solver with a measure on the same developmental scale. Student Quantile Measure (Q) The Quantile measure uses a common metric for both 10

Let’s define an essential concept
Vocabulary Break: Let’s define an essential concept

What is a Quantile Measure (QMeasure)?
QMeasures are applied to both students and math skills and concepts. Students: The Quantile measure for an individual or student is the level at which he or she is ready for instruction and has knowledge of the prerequisite mathematical concepts and skills necessary to succeed. When applied to students, the QMeasure indicates the student’s readiness for instruction.

What is a Quantile Measure (QMeasure)?
QMeasures are applied to both students and math skills and concepts. Skills & Concepts: When applied to mathematical skills and concepts, QMeasures indicate the task difficulty associated with a skill or concept relative to other mathematical skills and concepts. For example, the skill of rounding whole numbers to a given place value has a QMeasure of 410Q.

The Quantile Measure… Forecasts the student’s readiness to be successful with the skill after introductory instruction.

The Quantile Measure… Also refers to the difficulty of a mathematical skill or concept, or how difficult the skill or concept (QTaxon) is compared to others.

Let’s define another essential concept
Vocabulary Break: Let’s define another essential concept

What is a QTaxon? Derived from taxonomy (a category or group)
A specific mathematical skill or concept, e.g., to perform long division with remainders is a specific mathematical skill or concept, or QTaxon. Within the Quantile Framework, QTaxon is the formal term for skill or concept.

Why Do I Need To Know About It?
Developmental Scale: Allows districts and schools to track growth. Common Scale: Places task difficulty and student readiness on the same scale. Differentiation & Targeting: Provides math teachers the means to differentiate and target math instruction based on the student’s status.

The Quantile Framework for Mathematics
Where can Quantile measures be found?

Where can I find the Quantile measure?
State End-of-Grade Tests (Texas, West Virginia, North Carolina, & Wyoming) Scholastic Math Inventory (SMI) Voyager V-Math Pearson PASeries

Where can I find the Lexile measure?
A student’s Lexile measure can be found on the student report for the WESTEST 2 for grades 3 -8 and 10. More information on a student’s Lexile measure based on the WESTEST 2 score is available on the West Virginia Department of Education’s Web site at:

West Virginia Educational Standards Test 2 (WESTEST 2)

West Virginia Educational Standards Test 2 (WESTEST 2)

The Quantile Framework for Mathematics
What can be done with the Quantile Framework?

Two Issues for Math Educators:
First, how does a teacher determine student readiness? OR How does a teacher forecast student preparedness to learn mathematical skills or concepts?

Two Issues for Math Educators:
Second, how does a teacher establish the measure of difficulty for various skills in mathematics?

Quantile Scale Skill Difficulty + Student Readiness
Sally & Jim 1000Q Skill Difficulty + Student Readiness Raul 900Q Strengthens Instructional Strategies +50 800Q Jacob, Lyn, Victor - 50 700Q 27 27

Success Rates for Students of Different Mathematics Ability with a Skill at a Defined Quantile Measure Student Mathematics Ability Skill - Locate points in all quadrants of the coordinate plane using ordered pairs. Expected Success 350Q 600Q 850Q 1100Q 1350Q 10% 25% 50% 75% 90%

Student Mathematics Ability
Success Rates for Student of Similar Ability with Math Skills of Different Skill Demands Student Mathematics Ability Skill Demand Skill Description Expected Success 750Q 250Q Locate points on a number line. 90% 500Q Use order of operations including parenthesis to simplify numerical expressions 75% Translate between models or verbal phrases and algebraic expressions. 50% 1000Q Estimate and calculate areas with scale drawings and maps. 25% 1250Q Recognize and apply definitions and theorems of angles formed when a transversal intersects parallel lines. 10%

Benefits of the Quantile Framework
DETERMINE: student readiness ESTABLISH: task difficulty STRENGTHEN: classroom teaching practices and strategies

Benefits of the Quantile Framework
LINK: student ability to skill difficulty (using a common measure) FORECAST: student success rate (after introductory lessons) TRACK: growth over time Let’s take a look at other points in history where UNIFICATION has been important between a theory and application. 31

The Quantile Framework for Mathematics
How will the framework help the students and teachers in my district?

Picturing Mathematics with the
Quantile Map 33

Gaps in learning: Student Ability 350Q Skill Difficulty 850Q
Student: 350Q Qtaxon: 850Q What must happen to close this gap? What must happen to narrow this gap?

The Quantile Framework: Practical Benefits
Helps teachers… Differentiate instruction by linking students with instruction at their level by knowing the Quantile level of the skill or concept and matching it with the Quantile measure of the student Determine student readiness by knowing each student’s Quantile measure Forecast student success with specific skills and concepts

The Quantile Framework: Practical Benefits
Helps teachers… Monitor student math progress by tracking student growth using the Quantile developmental scale Describe pre-requisite skills needed to learn more advanced mathematical concepts Tailor teaching methods in the classroom to ensure a greater level of understanding and application Determine supplementary and upcoming skills for students in need of enrichment

The Quantile Framework for Mathematics
How can Quantiles be used in the classroom?

Let’s define some more essential concepts
Vocabulary Break: Let’s define some more essential concepts

What is a Prerequisite QTaxon?
For any mathematical skill or concept there are prerequisite skills and concepts necessary to succeed. When we refer to Prerequisite QTaxons, we mean those skills that are necessary to be successful with the skill in question. For example, to successfully perform division with remainders, one must be able to successfully perform simple division without remainders.

What’s an Impending QTaxon?
Every mathematical skill or concept is building toward another skill or concept. For example, the multiplication of single digit numbers comes after the addition of double digit numbers, and is, therefore, an impending skill… Impending QTaxons are the skills that ‘come next’ or are the next steps in the Quantile taxonomy

What’s a Supplemental QTaxon?
A Supplemental QTaxon is a mathematical skill or concept which broadens, enhances or deepens knowledge of a skill or concept, but is not necessary for success with that skill or concept. For example, a Supplemental QTaxon of “Calculate the areas of triangles, parallelograms, trapezoids, circles and composite figures”, is “Use models to develop formulas for finding areas of triangles, parallelograms, trapezoids, and circles” This skill enhances understanding of the QTaxon in question, but is not necessary for success.

An Essential Feature of the Quantile Framework: The Knowledge Cluster!
Precursory skills to ensure prior knowledge Supporting skills to connect and add depth across content strands Quantile measures to address the degree of difficulty for each skill 42

The Power of the Knowledge Cluster
To inform instruction and address the needs and abilities of each student To add depth and breadth to concepts in mathematics To adjust Individual Education Plans according to Quantile measures 43

The Knowledge Cluster Accessing the knowledge cluster

Knowledge Clusters

Knowledge Clusters Q Taxon ID numbers

A QTaxon and It’s Knowledge Cluster
QT-M-254 Investigate and determine the relationship between the diameter and the circumference of a circle and the value of pi; calculate the circumference of a circle. 47

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Subtract 2- and 3-digit numbers with regrouping.
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Quantile Resources

Quantile Resources Math Skill Database Math At Home QTaxon Search
Knowledge Clusters Curriculum Alignment Textbook lesson alignment Instructional Resources “Leading/Reverse” QTaxon Search Math At Home

Quantile Professional Development
Quantile Professional Development helps put the Quantile Framework to work for you and your students. Our Master Facilitators empower you with the knowledge and skills to implement the Quantile Framework in your classroom. QUANTILES IN YOUR DISTRICT:Understand how the Quantile Framework for Mathematics was developed and learn to use Quantiles to understand task difficulty. STEP 1: UNDERSTANDING AND USING THE QUANTILE FRAMEWORK FOR MATHEMATICS:Hands on practice using the tools for differentiating mathematics to meet standards. Learn to use Quantiles to understand task difficulty and student readiness. STEP 2: PUTTING QUANTILES TO WORK IN YOUR CLASSROOM: This workshop offers strand specific, in-depth study of the connections along the mathematics curriculum. For more information, call LEXILES/ or

Contact Information Jason Turner Manager, Professional Development MetaMetrics Inc.